Vintage, Downton Abbey-Inspired Garden Tea Party Bridal Shower

Kelly Lippman and Elad Levine

Photographed by: Amy & Stuart PhotographyLocation: Los Angeles, California, United States

Coming from a very tight-knit family, Kelly Lippman couldn’t wait to celebrate with all of her loved ones. Beautifully organized by her mother and three sisters – along with Alyson Fox of Levine Fox Events, an intimate bridal shower was held in her parents’ backyard. 

“My mom and I love Downton Abbey, so it was her idea to surprise me with a beautiful, flower-filled tea party,” shares the bride. Choosing to keep the shower intimate and just for the women in her life, Kelly was overjoyed with the romantic and warm essence that was felt throughout the special celebration, from start to finish. “I love to be at home surrounded by the people I care about, and that was exactly what I had for my shower,” smiles Kelly. 

Guests gathered beneath a draped canopy adorned with floral tiebacks to celebrate the beautiful bride-to-be. “The set up in the garden was beautiful and made the entire party feel so inviting and special!” shares Kelly.  White iron chairs accented with lumbar pillows surrounded tables covered in crisp white lace linens to create the feel of a sophisticated garden party. Vintage tabletops were bedecked with vintage china, crystal, and flatware, dreamy assortments of blooms, as well as an array of delicacies on tiered stands. Delighted with savory hors d’oeuvres, high teas, and tea sandwiches, loved ones also enjoyed an assortment of sweet treats later in the day. For a unique activity, attendees made their own smudge sticks – little bundles of herbs and flowers – to bring forth good health and good fortune into their homes. “It was a great activity that brought people together and gave them something to take home with them,” affirms the bride.

One of the bride’s favorite inclusions in the day was the addition of The Bubble Tap Trailer. “Alyson Fox found this mobile Champagne tap trailer, which kept the mimosas and bellinis flowing all day!” she shares. The day also included the tradition of the groom stopping by with flowers; however, it was a custom he was not familiar with, making the moment even more special. “My husband is from Israel and bridal showers are not a tradition there, so this was all new to him,” explains Kelly. “We had to explain to him the tradition of bringing flowers towards the end of the shower, and when he showed up, he loved everything about it!”

With every little detail, from the colorful assortments of flowers, to the delicious hors d’oeuvres and petit-fours, to the mimosas and bellinis served throughout, Kelly was thrilled with the stunning event that allowed her to celebrate with loved ones. “It was an amazing feeling to be showered by so much love, not just on the day of, but with all of the planning that my mom and sisters put into the day,” smiles Kelly. “It was the perfect day.”